UTEP 100, East Carolina 76

Randy Culpepper scored a career-high 45 points and UTEP ran away

from East Carolina 100-76 Saturday night to maintain its hold on

first place in Conference USA.

Culpepper finished 14 of 18 from the field, including 9 of 12

from 3-point range to tie for the second most points scored both

UTEP and Conference USA history. The Miners (19-5) won their ninth

straight conference game, tying the school record set in the

1954-55 season, and are 10-1 in conference for the first time.

Erin Straughn scored 18 points to lead the Pirates (8-17, 2-9),

who have allowed 100 points in two of the last three games.

Culpepper scored a school and conference record 31 points in the

first half as the Miners built a 63-33 advantage. East Carolina

didn’t get closer than 24 the rest of the way.

Derrick Caracter had 13 points for UTEP and Julyan Stone added

11 assists.